Apple’s September Event 2015 takes place today so 9/9 = iOS 9 announcements.
Apple is promising improved security with iOS 9. Implementing six-digit passcodes for Touch ID is one well publicized example.
A small change that I’ve noticed while testing iOS 9’s public beta is related to Windows¹.
This is the prompt you’ll see when connecting an iOS 9 device to a computer with iTunes installed (which includes anything running OS X).
And this is the prompt you’ll see when connecting an iOS 9 device to a (Windows) computer with no iTunes drivers installed.
It’s a subtle but interesting difference. Allow implies limited access, whereas trust implies something greater. There have been cross-platform malware attempts aimed at iOS in the past. With this allow prompt, a careful observer could determine when such cross-platform malware is present. If you connect your iOS 9 device to a Windows computer that you know doesn’t have iTunes installed and are asked to trust… don’t.
Another small but very welcome change that I wrote about in July is a new Safari feature.
All in all iOS 9 looks good. I hope to see some more security info during Apple’s event today, and I’m looking forward to iOS 9’s public release scheduled for September 16th.
¹ Testing with Kali Linux yielded a “trust” prompt.